Jamie is a mom of one, business woman, and professional potty trainer. (Check out her website: OhCrapPottyTraining.com.)
How many children do you have? I have Pascal, who’s four.
What’s your favorite parenting tip? You need to know this: If you are at all, even remotely concerned about your parenting, whether or not you’re doing a good job or the “right” thing, you are in the upper echelon of parenting. Trust me. Also, think ahead. Be present, but think ahead.
What has surprised you the most about parenting? The seemingly endless opportunities to screw your kid up. Seriously. I thought it’d be easier; yes or no; good or bad; right or wrong, but there’s all this gray area in between, especially when you’re trying to be very conscious in your parenting.
How do you get your child to eat healthy food? Ah…the whole “food” thing. There’s not one answer to this. My son eats very well. He requests broccoli and peas. I attribute this to many factors.
- I’m an adventuresome eater, and I don’t push that on him but he sees it.
- I always keep a container of steamed, diced veggies in the fridge and doctor almost every dish.
- I tend to look at his nutrition over a few days as opposed to each meal. So when he does have a day where all he wants is crackers (no HFCS, no hydrogenated oils, of course) I don’t stress out; we go heavy on protein and veggies the next day.
- I honor when he says he’s full or doesn’t like something. Usually, he likes it again just fine, the next day.
- We eat many mini meals, which gives greater opportunity for variety and chances to try/reject/like many items; as opposed to one vegetable with one meal. If a child then rejects that one item, you’re kind of screwed.
How do you work exercise into your family’s life? I’m a natural exerciser. We walk all the time, we do yoga together, we dance. It’s part of our daily routine and never really needs to be worked into life. I do take time in the morning to go to the gym. This is vital to me being a good mom later in the day. I think it’s really important for kids to see their parents TAKE that time for themselves. I’m pretty passionate about this (and the food thing) and don’t want to nudge into preachy here.
How do you recharge your batteries? At least once a week, I go to bed when my son does, at 7 pm. It’s awesome. The next day, I feel ready to conquer the world—or least the next tantrum. I also completely unplug at home. This started as an experiment and became law. This allows me to be home and present and less worn out in general.